With most elderly Thais having no or hardly any savings, Thailand has an acute need to keep people in work as long as possible. Creating job opportunities for the country’s greying population is now top of the agenda at various organisations, both in the government and private sector. To mark the National Elderly Day on Thursday, the Skill Development Department will launch short vocational courses today for the elderly in the hope of boosting elderly Thais’ quality of life. “We intend to give the elderly some means of livelihood. We hope they will have a sustainable occupation and more income,” department director-general Theerapon Khunmuang said.